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good morning. it is friday, november 2, 2012. welcome to "cbs this morning". gas shortages, power outages, traffic nightmares. tensions begin to boil over in the wake of hurricane sandy. with four days to go until the election, could day's jobs report be a game-changer? >> john dickerson will take us through the road map to victory for each candidate. we begin with today's "eye opener" your world in 90 seconds. >> red cross should have been here. there should -- i have someone coming. >> anger, fear and frustration
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grow as millions spend another night in the dark. >> we could have died! we couldn't breathe! >> the misery on staten island is being felt by residents in new york and new jersey. >> we have no surprise. our kids are homeless. they're cold. >> millions still have no power. long lines for the little gas that's left. >> it's a dog fight out here. >> this is like pre-apocalyptic scenarios, you know. >> would you like to see inside? >> what does it look like in there? >> pretty awful. >> if you vote for me, we'll win this election. we'll keep moving forward. >> the sign out front is forward. i think forewarned is better. >> the good thing about voting early, ladies and gentlemen -- >> honestly, don't you want this election over already? >> october jobs robt will be released in the final days of a race that's too close to call. >> a lottery winner claims her
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ticket five months later. >> her mother put the ticket in the glove compartment and forgot all about it. >> are you ready? >> i think so. >> we'll see. >> all that -- >> parker, good! a team-winning shot! >> we're going to strip you of all your cma awards. >> because it appears there's been some doping charges. >> and all that matters. >> this is what it looks like when new yorkers lose the subway system we all rely on. >> how hard is it to drain seawater from 20 miles of subway tunnels? you have the technology! please. welcome to "cbs morning news." i'm charlie o'donnell.
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norah o'donnell is in washington. the storm is now blamed for at least 92 deaths in the united states. >> some 3.8 million utility customers in 13 states are still without electricity. most of them in new york and new jersey. a new estimate shows sandy will cost $50 million in damage to the economy. that makes it the second most expensive storm in history after hurricane katrina. >> nearly half of new york city's deaths happened on staten island. secretary of state janet napolitano will be there today. anna werner is there. >> reporter: good morning. homes are destroyed. the storm threw cars like toys. that's what it looks like all down this street yet many
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residents say they believe they've been ignored. some residents of staten island have started calling it the forgotten borough. across storm-ravaged staten island, frustrations are mounting. >> we could have died! we couldn't breathe! we've got 90-year-old people. >> reporter: residents are outraged, claiming their community has been ignored in the days following sandy while aid pours into other parts of new york and new jersey. >> a lot of people are here. a lot of people are hurting. so, it's upsetting. >> reporter: power is out. hundreds of homes have been destroyed and dozens of streets are impassable. still, the city is planning to go ahead with its annual marathon, which kicks off on staten island's verrazano bridge sunday. >> we're far from fine. the fact the mayor wants to have a marathon this weekend when we have people who have lost their lives or lost their entire house, i mean, it's unbelievable to me. >> reporter: this area of new york, home to 500,000, suffered
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some of the worst destruction from the hurricane. at least 19 of the 41 people who lived in the city lived on staten island. more heartbreak when searchers found the bodies of two little boys. glenda moore's suv became stuck in the floodwaters. she saved her two boys, 2-year-old and 4-year-old. authorities say when she knocked on a home for help, no one let her in. >> the way she described it, as waters were flowing basically just ripped the kids out of her arms. she was holding them by the hands. >> reporter: the storm's power and might cost many by surprise. >> i have never witnessed what i saw monday. never witnessed. never. this was the worst. >> reporter: aid is beginning to arrive. dozens of people lined up for free dry ice thursday and the red cross started handing out
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ready to eat meals. but some say that's not enough. >> it's great. that is something, but maybe a blanket? how long is this going to last? i mean, it's just a joke. >> reporter: well, the fire department staten island borough commander i spoke to yesterday told me his people are doing everything they can. between police and fire they had 500 people here yesterday. city officials insist more help is on the way. mayor michael bloomberg says there will be nor bottled water and ready-to-eat meals are coming this direction. whether that will be enough for people here or whether they'll think they're doing enough is still a question. back to you. >> that's right. anna werner, thank you. commuters across the area are still finding it very hard to get gasoline. there are long lines and angry drivers at the few stations that are actually open. one man in queens, new york, was charged with waving a gun at another driver in a gas line.
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ben tracy's search has paid off in manahawkin, new jersey. ben, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. you know more than 50% of gas stations in new jersey closed, we wanted to find gas stations that actually had gas. we found it here in manahawkin. as you can see, the secret is out, though. we have talked to people that have come from 30, 40, 50 miles away because they're finding it very tough to fill up. >> took me two hours to get here from hoboken. i got no gas. >> stop it! >> reporter: gas is being rationed in parts of new york and new jersey. the pumps are running on empty and so is patience. >> i'm jealous! >> reporter: at this station in new jersey, frustration nearly became a fist fight. the police are being called in -- >> they can't do this. >> reporter: -- to literally keep anxious drivers in line as they try to cut each other off. aaa says 60% of the gas stations in new jersey and 70% of those
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on new york's long island are now closed. >> all day, man, no gas. it's like, what are we going to do? >> reporter: there's no fuel shortage. there's a shortage of electricity. without power there's no way to get gas into your tanks. some stations are closed down entirely. >> in order to pump the gas you need electricity. in order to run the cash register or credit card system from the pump to the credit card company, you need electricity. >> reporter: john hofmeister, founder and ceo of citizens for affordable energy and former president of shell oil. he says electricity issues are also squeezing the delivery for fuel to stations that are open. 13 of the region's 34 fuel terminals are without power. >> you don't have electricity at the depots, which fill the delivery trucks, or if you don't have electricity at a retail station, then you really can't sell gasoline to the public. >> i need more gas in my can here. >> reporter: jimmy and barbara
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dwyer need gas to run their generator at home. how much of a life line is this gasoline for you now? >> when you have no power and it's getting really cold now, you need power, right? we have no lights. we have no heat. >> reporter: that desperation is why there's so many panic at the pump. >> this is like pre-apocalyptic scenarios, you know, this gas, it's as important as food and water. it's a dog fight out here. >> reporter: so, why do they have gas here when other people are so short? the short answer is power. gas stations have power. people around here for the most part have power so they don't have those generator issues. take a look at what's going on here. people are lined up for hours. if they want to come to manahawkin, it's a long drive, 97 miles away. >> ben tracy, thanks. officials in new york city predict electricity will be restored to lower manhattan by
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tomorrow. more subway trains are running tomorrow while drivers could see another day of serious grid lock. jim axelrod is in lower manhattan. >> reporter: that's a crucial piece of news. 227,000 customers still without power in manhattan, although we are told now by saturday power should be restored fully in new york. now, as for the traffic that we're talking about, the massive traffic situation, city's bridges and tunnels absolutely choked with vehicles. traffic lines stretching for miles. through midnight tonight, police will refuse entry into new york for vehicles less than three passengers. public transportation is helping, although lines for shuttle buses reached three hours yesterday. getting rid of water is the top job here. a group of what's called unwatering experts from the army
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corps of engineers is here to help and they expect to suck out about 10 million gallons of water. from california, 70 power trucks are being air lifted here to help restore power. but the bottom line, charlie, is the more -- the quicker the power is restored, the sooner congestion will be reduced. charlie, norah? >> jim axle rodriguez, thank you. the cia is fighting back against charges it did not respond to the attack on the american consulate in benghazi, libya. senior intelligence officials say 25 minutes after the first call for help, cia operatives were on their way to rescue the consulate staff. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans were killed in the assault. sharyl attkisson shows new documents. a libyan police officer was shown taking photos before the attack. the jobs report is due out
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this morning. it could have an impact on the presidential race. wall street expects to see positive numbers. rebecca jarvis is here with a preview. good morning. >> good morning to you. if analysts are on target with their estimates later this morning, we will learn that last month the economy added 125,000 jobs. that's a little bit more than the month before. and that unemployment actually ticked a bit higher to 7.9%. >> if that is true, what would you read into that? >> what you read into it -- this is interesting. if you look at the unemployment rate, over the last 45 months since president obama took office, the unemployment rate has come down. last month it was the lowest level since he took office. in fact, it was below where he took office, but the amount of job creation on a month-to-month basis has been slowing down. it's actually been a little bit smaller. so when you think about job creation and creating new jobs and driving the economy forward, that's an area where some economists will say it's not as strong. one area where we have seen jobs
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come back, and this was last month, is government work. one area where we've actually seen things drop off a bit is manufacturing, which has been one of the strongest sectors in our economy. >> thank you. norah? for four days during superstorm sandy, president obama and mitt romney took it easy on each other, but on thursday they were back on the attack. >> this is no time for small measures. this is time for real change. when i'm elected president on day one we'll bring real change to america. >> he's saying he's the candidate of change. well, let me tell you, wisconsin, we know what change looks like. and what the governor's offering sure ain't change. >> former white house press secretary robert gibbs is a senior adviser to the obama campaign and join us this morning. good morning, robert. >> good morning, norah, how are you? >> good, good. we have a jobs report coming up today. the unemployment number could tick up. doesn't that reinforce mitt romney's position that obama's
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record on the economy has been a failure? >> no, look, i think what we expect to see is continued movement forward. 32nd month of positive, private sector job growth adding to the 5 million jobs that's been created as a result of those positive months. look, we're not where we all want to end up but we're making serious important progress moving forward. mitt romney isn't a change agent. he wants to go back to the economic theory that got us into this mess. >> four days left until election day. if you look at the candidates' schedule you get a sense of what they see important. mitt romney and paul ryan going to pennsylvania, that state. does that mean you're in trouble there in pennsylvania? >> no. i think it means the romney/ryan campaign is desperate to try to figure out how to win this race outside of the states they've been contesting it in for 15 months. i think that's all pennsylvania is for the romney/ryan campaign. john mccain spent the last
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weekend in 2008 in trying to do this. >> president obama in wisconsin, jim mussina has shown us was in the safe category for the president. why does the president need to spend so much time in wisconsin in the final days? >> i think what the president wants to do in the last stops, as you heard him on the video there, is present the case one last time in front of people of wisconsin. we want to show people we're moving this country forward, moving this economy forward -- >> why is the president spending his vital time there? >> we to want make sure we lock it in. we want to put the choice in front of the american people. mitt romney wants to take us back to an economy theory that got us into this mess, with tax cuts for the rich, that he hopes trickles down and helps the middle class. >> there's new information out this morning about the consulate attack in benghazi, about the cia's role, how long it took for them to respond.
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there seems to be this dribbling out of information from this administration. respond to the critics who say the president needs to do more on this and he is running out the clock until after election day. >> norah, nobody wants to find out what happened more than the president and this administration. that's why he and the secretary of state have ordered a comprehensive investigation as to everything that happened that night in benghazi, that everything that led up to it, so we can get answers. we're going to put people in harm's day, do the diplomatic business of this country. we need to ensure when we do that, we do it with their safety utmost in mind and that's what this investigation will show us. obviously it's clear, and i don't have any information other than what i read in the morning newspapers on this, that the cia, you know, was pivotal in responding to militants that were attacking the consulate in benghazi, despite reports earlier they had not been. >> robert gibbs, thank you so much. we appreciate it. john dickerson with us now. good morning. >> good morning, charlie. >> what states are most
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important for the president? you heard norah talk about wisconsin, romney's campaigning in pennsylvania, but where is it most important? >> i think -- i mean, the president's going to all the eight battleground states, but ohio. if you look at the numbers as we're about to here in a minute, if governor romney doesn't win ohio, it becomes very hard for him. so, ohio, wisconsin, iowa, probably the big fire wall for the president. >> and for romney, what does he have to do? >> he's got to win ohio. we'll go through it here, but ohio is just a key state for him because if he doesn't, then he has to pick up a lot of other states on the map. let's take a look now, actually, at the route for governor romney. if he gets ohio, we'll give him ohio here. we'll also give him florida and north carolina's two states where he's doing well. then we'll also give him virginia, with its 13 electoral votes. we're starting here with a map of other states that he would definitely get.
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well, now you've got him to 266. now he can take any one of those remaining five battleground states to win. even little four electoral votes from new hampshire. so, that shows you why ohio is such a big deal. if we take ohio off of the map now, that takes him down to 252. >> well, my question s of those that you just showed, how many of those states is he leading in? >> well, this is -- if you really want to start in his strongest positions are in north carolina and in virginia -- excuse me, north carolina and in florida. that only gets him to 25 235 if you add in the states he's already got. that's where he's doing the best right now. that's why his path to 270 is so tough. >> the path for the president? >> well, the path for the president is better. you could even see a situation with the president, where if he lost virginia, let's give
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virginia, ohio, and florida to romney, then if the president wins everywhere else -- okay, if he wins everywhere else, he's well above 270. by giving virginia, ohio and florida to governor romney, that still allows the president to win. big states for romney but -- >> do you give north carolina to romney? >> north carolina to romney, then you still have 272 for the president. so romney could win north carolina, ohio, virginia and florida. and there's still a path for the president to 270. >> here is what the republicans seem to believe, governor jeb bush on this program yesterday. he said they believe the undecideds are going to governor romney. if that happens, will it change the dynamic? what's the mind of the undecided? >> well, the mind of them -- i asked for a response from undecided for a piece i wrote and got about 260 responses. these are people who are willing
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to write in to talk about this. that's not the entire pool of undecideds. the mind of the undecided is they're frustrated with the president. they're not sure he can handle the economy. they think mitt romney can. what worries them, in a sense these undecideds, it's a referendum on romney, they are worried he might pursue an aggressive conservative social agenda or aggressive foreign policy. they're not interested in that. they to want hire him on the economy. if only thinking about the economy, that benefits
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as superstorm sandy bears down on new jersey, delta airlines starts moving planes and people all over the country. >> it's ordinarily. we know exactly where they're going. and it's clean. >> we'll go inside the operations control center this morning to show you how delta shut down service, then restarted it after the storm. and two top intelligence officials from afghanistan came to washington for a training course. then they disappeared. so, where did they go and are they a threat? former intelligence insider john miller has some answers only on "cbs this morning." >> announcer: this portion of "cbs this morning" supported by
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new york city is still dealing with the effects of hurricane sandy. in fact, because of all the congestion in the city, mayor bloomberg is only allowing cars with three passengers to drive into manhattan. that's right. you can't cross the bridge with a bunch of empty seats, which is really confusing for clint eastwood. it was like, i got four obamas in the car. welcome back, everybody, to "cbs this morning," i'm norah o'donnell in washington. charlie rose is in new york. good morning. >> good morning, norah. come back soon. >> i'm coming back tonight so i have to find somebody to fill up the car. it's been four days since superstorm sandy and the situation is much better in the ground than in the air. air travel in the northeast is
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nearly back to normal after some 20,000 flights were canceled this week. >> mark strassmann is at atlanta's hartsfield-jackson airport. good morning. >> reporter: the air industry has learned from past weather disasters. we asked delta airlines for a backstage tour of its operations and emergency plan. when the delta flight from richmond landed in new york thursday, laguardia was back in business after a three-day hurricane shutdown. the next 14 flights to shut down here were all delta's, too, made possible because of the people in this room, 900 miles south of atlanta. >> this is where we control the entire main line operation of delta. >> reporter: dave holtz, a 33-year delta operations, controls the occ. it's massive. about the size of a football field.
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650 employees around the clock control delta's daily flights. a week ago holtz and his team began phasing in delta's emergency response. three days before sandy made landfall. >> that's the key to us here. that's the part the customer doesn't see. a part a lot of folks in our field don't necessarily see, how we're getting all those dominos all set up, so when we take them down, it's orderly, we know where they're going and it's clean. >> reporter: delta turned to the secret weapon, in-house team of 26 meteorologists. they helped pinpoint which airlines were in sandy's eye. >> narrowing the forecast and not giving us the broad brush like, some between wisconsin and washington. >> reporter: it would batter new york city the worse.
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were you nervous? >> not at all. because we had a plan ready to go. >> reporter: holtz set that plan in motion over the weekend, notifying passengers which flights would be canceled through wednesday and waiving change fees, repositions 120 planes out of way and flying extra employees into new york before the hurricane struck. >> that's a good assessment. when you take it down in an orderly, predictable fashion for customers and us here in the operations center, you're able to bring it back that exact same way. >> reporter: sandy closed 15 northeast airports including all three that service new york city. delta had canceled 1445 flights and some passengers were upset. >> i'm trying to go to india. my mother is very sick. >> reporter: but you didn't see this image from past storms. terminals packed with stranded travelers.
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>> one of the goals with sandy was to prevent turning the airports needlessly into this massive shelter of grumpy, tired, frustrated people. >> right. we try to keep all the grumpy, frustrated people in my office. but nobody benefits by having customers in the airport that can't fly. there's no reason for that. >> reporter: as new york ground crews pumped a foot and a half of water from runways, holtz and his atlanta team coordinated with airport administrators and emergency officials. yesterday morning he showed us the last new york airport coming back to life. >> here's a good depiction. pam has laguardia up. >> reporter: the green lights are delta planes. >> it's all triage if it's not taken down properly. in this case, orderly shutdown, orderly startup. >> reporter: the faa says they expect delta to be operating at 60%. delta expects operations to be
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the fbi is sevsearching for missing intelligence officials from afghanistan. they disappeared a week ago after visiting washington and meeting with federal officials. >> both men were taking a course at marshall center program for advanced security studies. senior correspondent john miller, assistant director of national director. he has taught classes at marshall center. . good morning. >> good morning. >> tell me who they were about. >> one is major farouk, official
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the national director of security in afghanistan. he's in charge of their counterterrorism and organized crime section and the other is deputy chief of the american and european department of the nds. now, the nds is afghanistan's intelligence agency. it's got about 15,000 people in 30 different departments. these are two significant figures, a section chief and deputy chief. >> how did they go unaccounted for? >> they were there for the marshall center program. which is a terrific program. i've worked at the program, lectured in the program. then they do the washington center, where they tour the fbi, they tour the capitol, go to the pentagon, get a series of briefing about how security works in a democracy. on october 26th, which was friday, as we were watching a gathering storm, they were gathering to get on their plane to go home. these two different show up.
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>> is there concern on the part of national security officials and the government? >> well, there is. the fbi has issued a be on the lookout alert that's gone to police agencies and television fusion centers and other things, so the dark scenario is these are two significant intelligence officials from afghanistan with the issues of green-on-green attacks, you know, what are they up to and why did they run away and is this part of a plot? that would be, i guess, if we were watching homeland, that would be the scenario, but we're not. this is real. >> the people working the case are more of the mind that -- and this has happened before, they may be moving towards canada, to try and seek asylum because it's easier to get there or maybe just wanted to spend a little more time in these great united states. >> they decided no longer wise to go back to afghanistan for whatever reason. >> maybe they just like it here. >> all right. norah? >> quick question on that, though. how does this happen? two afghan senior people go
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missing within the united states? should we be tracking them? >> well, i mean, norah, part of this program is, you know, these are senior people. these are the chiefs or deputy chiefs of sections of military and intelligence and security departments from around the world, nato countries, u.s. allies, so they're treated with some respect. they're given a degree of ability to move around while they're here. they are our guests and visitors. this doesn't happen often. >> john, i want to also ask you about this story about a secret service officer assigned to the president's protective detail who was found dead in his car of an apparent suicide. do you think this is linked to the prostitution scandal that eninvolved the secret service? >> this is a sfotory we broke o and on the radio yesterday as it unfolded. in is -- the prostitution scandal was last april. he's not linked to that at all.
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rafael prato, was collateral damage. he had been involved in two years with a woman from mexico that had not been reported. because of his position, in charge of presidential detail, they suspended his clearances and his access and he was going through an administrative process to clear up that relationship. and probably could have gotten back to work. i think the pressure of work, family and media and politics and all that surrounds this story weighed on
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♪ sweet emotion ♪ it's being reported steven tyler and his fiancee are breaking up. yeah, the quote from the press release said, my old lady and i just couldn't make it work, but i wish steven the best. >> always tough on steven tyler. back in the 1970s tv's six million dollar man had a hero with bionic parts. the future is here for one man that lives outside of seattle and as barry petersen reports, he'll use his unique bionic leg this week in a demonstration of strength and science.
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>> jack built a house? >> reporter: when zac vawter heads out for a walk with his family, his amputated leg is no big deal. >> i'm not sure they remember dad with a normal leg, so it's just the way it is. >> reporter: but what he wants to do now, with a different leg, is a very big deal. it could help in changing the lives of thousands of amputees who have lost a leg. it involves this experimental leg, that like the real thing, obeys signals from his brain. but his story starts with a 2009 motorcycle accident that cost him his leg from the knee down. vawter knew about experimental surgeries so he persuaded neurosurgeons to save nerves from the amputated leg and attach them above the knee. he reached out to dr. levi
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hargrove at the center for bionic medicine. he wanted a chance at this leg. >> we have electrodes or sensors, antennas o his muscles. he thinks about bending his knee or benning his ankle. we decode those signals and send a command to the center. >> reporter: the $8 million is funned by the military, anxious to find better prosthetics for wounded warriors. >> i think about moving my foot or knee or leg like anybody does, and the prosthetic responds. >> reporter: ready for the ultimate endurance taste, the annual stair climb in chicago, at skyscraper once known as sears tower. >> i'm excited for it. i'm excited to climb the tower. it's going to be a good day and a lot of fun. >> reporter: the climb is also a fund-raiser for the rehabilitation institute of chicago, which includes dr. hargrove's lab. he will climb with vawter and is
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already nervous about how he will match up against the bionic man. >> i'm was in he might beat me. >> reporter: just doing it will go a long way in showing that man and a machine his brain controls can give amp tees a leg that is as close to the real thing as science can now get. for "cbs this morning" barry petersen, los angeles. this is an extraordinary story, norah, about how the brain and connecting it to these artificial limbs and how it can send signals. it's the frontier of where medicine is going. >> it is a new frontier, and hopefully one that can help our veterans who have lost limbs in these wars in afghanistan and iraq. what an interesting story from barry petersen. coming up, we'll talk about what makes ohio so critical to the presidential candidates. republican strategist tells us what his focus groups, men and women, are telling him, about the campaign. that's ahead on "cbs this morning."
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it's 8 a.m. welcome back to "cbs this morning." superstorm sandy victims couldn't be in the -- or could be in the dark for another week. this morning frustration and even rage is building across the region. we'll look at how men and women in ohio are seeing the presidential race in its final days. but first, here's a look at what's happening in the world and what we've been covering on "cbs this morning." we could have died. we couldn't breathe. we have 90-year-old people. >> every day we see new evidence of how superstorm sandy has destroyed property and lives. >> many residents say they believe they've been ignored.
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some residents of staten island have started calling it the forgotten borough. >> commuters are finding it very hard to get gasoline. >> i'm jealous? >> how much of a life line is this gasoline for you? >> well, when have you no power and it's getting really cold now -- >> 227,000 customers still without power in manhattan, although we are told that by saturday power should be restored fully. >> if analysts are on target with their estimates later this morning, we will learn that last month the economy added 125,000 jobs, and that unemployment actually ticked a bit higher to 7.9%. >> look, we're not where we all want to end up, but we are making serious, important progress. >> for romney, what does he have to do? >> he has to win ohio. >> the national guard is assisting the jersey shore. governor chris christie and president obama have been strategizing together on the clean-up. and joe biden is using his teeth to illuminate hoboken.
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charlie rose with gayle king, norah o'donnell is in washington. conditions are slowly getting better after superstorm sandy but not fast enough for its victims. at least 92 people have died because of sandy. 3.8 million utility customers still have no power. that is less than half of the outages at the peak of the storm. >> the homeland security secretary today is visiting new york's staten island where storm victims say they've been ignored. this morning drivers are waiting in long lines to get into manhattan and waiting in long lines elsewhere just to get gas. on new york's long island, the town of long beach was very hard hit. sandy eroded the barrier island sea shore and sent water into streets. seth doane is telling us what this community is facing this morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning to you, gayle.
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600,000 people on long island, without power. down from a million without power in the aftermath of hurricane sandy. one of the problems with restoring power is first debris has to be removed. take a look at debris in coastal communities like this one. that debris is sand. look at this giant pile of sand we found at the end of just one street. it's 20 feet high. i'm looking down at the tops of signs that are buried in the sand below me. i'm almost on about the second floor here, equal to the second floor of this apartment complex. when that storm surge rush add shore in long beach, it carried with it tons and tons of sand. and buried cars like you'd see cars buried by snow in a blizzard. gayle? >> seth, can you give us some idea on when the power will be turned back on? >> reporter: well, the long island power authority says the vast majority of customers will receive their power in the next
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seven to ten days. which is quite a bit of time. >> yeah. >> reporter: here residents have been told it could be even longer. there are some hearty souls living here despite an evacuation order. there is a curfew in effect. we were here last night. still quite dark. a long way to go. >> thank you. norah? >> only four days left before the presidential election after being sidelined from the campaign trial by hurricane sandy. president obama and governor mitt romney came out swinging on thursday. >> he's got to find something to suggest it's going to be better over the next four years. so, we came up with an idea last week, which is he's going to create the department of business. we don't need a secretary of business to understand business. we need a president who understands business. and i do. >> so, in the closing weeks of this campaign, governor romney's been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up the very same policies that failed our country so badly.
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the very same policies we've been cleaning up after over these last four years. with a straight face, he's offering them up as change. >> we've been talking a lot about ohio as a state that could decide the race. this week's quinnipiac/cbs news/new york times poll shows a significant gap. more men plan to vote for mitt romney and more women for president obama. frank luntz held two focus groups in ohio this week. >> who's undecided in a whole bumpk of you. why does mitt romney lag in ohio? >> i think it's a bunch of hard-working people. it's manufacturing. everybody gets up, they go to work. romney, i think they look at him like a boss, goit who's there. obama, i think, well, you can kind of sit down, talk to the guy. you know, one-on-one. >> i think part of it is, you know, since governor turned
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things around, obama is getting part of the credit for ohio. ohio is only at 7% unemployment. what he's done to turn the state around is, unfortunately, giving credit to the president. >> i think it's the auto industry, what obama did and stood behind the workers in the auto union. >> the unions in ohio is why obama's strong right now. >> show me by hand, how many of you voted for him in 2008? how many of you are definitely voting for him in 2012? what the hell happened? >> the promises weren't met. what we got is not what we thought we were going to get in 2008. >> i'm disappointed because he didn't do what he said he would do. but i'm not sure i like the alternative. >> who is leaning towards barack obama? who is leaning towards mitt romney? is romney in touch with you all? >> no. >> no. why not? tell me why not?
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>> romney is more focused on big business. >> if they find something and bring it against him, all of a sudden he changes his tune. i didn't say that. that's not what i meant. >> does obama understand you? >> i think barack obama grew up middle class or lower middle class. i think he can relate. i think that mitt romney always grew up wealthy. i think he relates to everything that we stand for. i mean, women's rights, children, raising children. he's a family man. that is how, i think, women -- why women like obama. is he a family man. he's been there with us. and mitt romney is never. >> when is this president going to take responsibility for the 47 months of his presidency? you can't have it both ways. you can't say, oh, i inherited a mess and, oh, i got osama bin laden but i didn't use the intel from the four years before that. >> yes, you can. >> you can't have it both ways. >> i'm not really sure that barack obama can turn it around in the next four years. and i don't think mitt romney
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can either. it's going to take time. >> frank luntz is with us now from cincinnati. good morning. if you look at these focus groups and what they said, is the cake baked in ohio for one of the two candidates? >> it's a challenge for president obama to win over the men, it's a challenge for mitt romney to win over the women. you heard it. it's like whiplash. gender has an impact, age has an impact, obviously ethnicity has an impact. ground zero. $30 million were spent in the last week. i'm told they're coming close to the $200 million mark in ohio for the campaign. that is uns press denned. voters have had enough. i just got here. i was in ohio a few days ago. i turn on the tv, every single ad is a political ad. >> both candidates are coming to ohio.
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can that make a difference? is this capable of changing wherever it is now? >> let me be clear because i want to change a misconception among viewers. there are no undecided voters anymore. everybody has a opinion. but, charlie, the difference is there are some people who haven't absolutely decide if they're going to vote and another segment that leans either toward romney or obama but they could still be influenced. when these candidates come, what they're hoping is they will say something, some sound bite, some story that connects with people, because i think ohio's going down to the wire. i think ohio will be decided by less than 1% of the vote. we may be talking to political lawyers five days from now rather than voters. >> frank, we see that the president is in ohio every day for the next four days. romney's there only at least once, according to his schedule. does that suggest that the republicans have decided, look, ohio is trending the other way and that's why they're sending romney, for instance, to new
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hampshire and to pennsylvania, to try and broaden the electoral map? >> well, i think that paul ryan's coming back, i think he's coming back here every day. you have surrogates all over the state. you can't drive anywhere, norah, without pubumping into a u.s. senator or congressman. i'm going to throw something out to you. i think wisconsin -- we don't talk about it that much, but wisconsin may be the balance to ohio. it's very popular for -- paul ryan is known and has a very good favorability rating there. they have a republican governor, key senate race. you'll see a lot of republicans going over, just in the same general vicinity. ohio is still in play but other states in the region that are equally important. >> frank, your focus group took place before hurricane sandy and it's believed all the candidates put politics aside for a very short period of time. do you think that hurt governor romney's momentum or how much do you think it hurt?
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>> there was clear momentum in the polls we were watching on a daily basis. every state, particularly those not right in the middle of the campaign, you could see some movement. i do believe that movement was stopped. i think the campaign is back on again. those three, those 72 hours were precious for the romney campaign. at this point national polls show a dead heat. state by state, president obama has the tiniest of leads. what you saw in that focus group, a lot of anger, frustration and desire for this election to be over with. >> you were saying, frank, if the vote was at this moment, you believe what? >> if the vote was this moment, i believe mitt romney wins popular vote by the tiniest margin and i believe president obama wins the electoral college. >> no, i mean in ohio. in ohio. >> i think the vote right now, obama's got about a 1, 1 1/2 point lead. within the margin of error or close enough that romney can
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governor christie announced mandatory water restrictions. no one in new jersey is allowed to water their lawns. and seeing how their lawns just received 18 inches of water seems like a reasonable request. you can gym and tan but no longer water. >> sometimes you have to be
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clear. new york city governor is clear. he said this week we have a 100-year flood every two years now. this morning we'll talk about climate change and superstorm sandy with one of america's leading scientists. but right now, dr. holly phillips has a reminder for millions of people affected by sandy. >> reporter: good morning. today in "healthwatch," food safety after the storm. now that we've gotten through the superstorm, it's time to look at the food that made it with us. some of it may no longer be safe to eat. but a few simple tips can help you decide what to keep and what to discard. first, throw away all foods and plastic containers that have floodwater. even if wrapped in paper or plastic, they're not safe and you cannot disinfect them. undamaged cans of food are able to be used, but be sure to remove the labels, wash and disinfect them with bleach. canned chicken, fish and beans are good sources of protein if you still don't have power.
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and if you've yet to sort through your fridge, just a reminder, you'll need to throw out all dairy, meat, poultry, fish and eggs. they can only last in a refrigerator for four hours without power, and in the freezer for 24 to 48 hours. remember, you can't rely on how frozen food smells or looks. the key is whether it still has ice crystals on it. if so, you can refreeze or cook it. and if you're just not sure, it's better to play it safe and throw it away. i'm dr. holly phillips. >> announcer: "cbs healthwatch" sponsored by the new 100% natural no calorie sweetener new nectresse. the 100% natural no-calorie sweetener made from the goodness of fruit. new nectresse. sweetness naturally. till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way...
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. good things about voting early. ladies and gentlemen, vice president of the united states joe biden. >> i'm not saying each early voter gets a free cheeseburger but i'm not saying they don't either. >> see, not saying they do, not
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saying they don't. >> if you vote early, you don't have to pay taxes. i'm sorry, i'm being told that's not accurate. >> wow. now we're talking. and the number one good thing about voting early, ladies and gentlemen -- >> honestly, don't you want this election over with already? >> yes, we do. >> cbs's undercover boss is back. this morning ceo mitchell modell shows us what he learned from workers at his family goods sporting business. >> we'll ask this native new yorker about the impact of superstorm sandy on "cbs this morning." your local news is coming up next.
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welcome back to "cbs this morning." this is breezy point, queens, the seaside neighborhood where a fire destroyed more than 100 homes and storm surge ruined many others. this morning we're continuing our coverage of the clean-up and recovery after superstorm sandy. >> let's go back to ben tracy, who went looking for an open gas station and found it in manahawkin, new jersey. ben? ben tracy, superstorm sandy is restarting an old debate over climate change and its affect on the weather. with us now -- okay, ben, back to you. ben tracy joins us.
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>> reporter: that's obviously creating -- charlie, we did find gas here at this gas station in new jersey, but i'm not sure how long it's going to last. basically this place has been packed all morning long and the reason is because 60% of the gas stations in new jersey and 70% on long island are now closed. that's creating long lines, almost everywhere across this state. and a lot of short patience for drivers. people -- there have been reorts of near fist fights as people wait in line for gas. the reason is not actually a shortage of gas. it's a shortage of power. you need electricity to get gas from the pumps into cars, you need electricities to run the gas stations and because of that many have closed which is causing demand at other stations nearby. the other reason is 15 of the few depots in this region are also without power so getting gas to the stations that are actually open is also becoming difficult. of course, the big question is, how long will this last? until the power comes back on, there will be a problem.
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and a lot of the power companies are saying, in some areas, it could be a week or more before electricity is restored. charlie and gayle? >> ben tracy, thank you. superstorm sandy is restarting an old debate over climate change and its effect on the weather. with us professor michio kaku, world renowned theatrical physicist and climate change expert. his book "physics of the future" was a "new york times" best seller. thank you for joining us. >> glad to be on. >> here is the question, is there a connection between global warming and hurricane sandy? >> there is a connection but no smoking gun. you can't say, a-ha, there's a direct link between sandy and global warming. however, the energy that the earth receives from the sun, the energy that drives hurricane sandy is going to be increased by global warming. the waters of the caribbean and gulf of mexico, which is the energy source of hurricanes, is
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5 degrees fahrenheit higher than normal in certain areas. and that's the energy source driving global warming, driving hurricanes. >> therefore, global warming is responsible for the increasing frequency of bad hurricanes, but not necessarily every one. >> reporter: that's right. on average, okay. also, realize sea level rises, which has risen about a foot in a century. that means storm surges could become much more ferocious because of that fact. now, global warming is a misnomer. it's not really a uniform warming of the earth, it's global swings. in other words, the weather on steroids. so, think of 100-year forest fires, 100-year droughts, 100-year floods, 100-year hurricanes. that could be a new way of life in the future because there's more energy circulating in the atmosphere. >> you say this is so much bigger than a hurricane, than a storm. you think it's much bigger than that? >> reporter: it's bigger because it was caused by collision of three large air masses. a normal hurricane that collided
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with the jet stream, which normally goes maybe to kansas. it went all the way down to florida. so, the regularity of cold air from the arctic and warm air from the caribbean area, hotter than normal. the collision of those two morphed into an animal we've never seen before. this hybrid storm became the hurricane from hell. >> is it a trend? would you use the word trend? >> it could be a trend. in other words, the takeaway factor from this interview could be that we could be seeing a new way of life, that we may have to get used to the fact that glaciers are receding, the north polar region is shrinking and thinning, that summers are getting longer and that tropical diseases are spreading north. and that we could have more energized monster storms by the warming of the caribbean and the gulf. >> as you know, mayor bloomberg stepped forward and endorsed president obama because he raised the question that the impact of hurricane sandy had
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put in stark and very clear what the choices were coming up in this political campaign. i mean, tell me what you think the political questions are about this. >> well, whether you're for romney or obama, it should be on the national agenda. this is an issue that is of national importance. there could be other hurricanes waiting to happen. we don't need another monster hurricane. >> can we prepare for them? >> well, in the short term. we can start to think about sea walls and other factors that the europeans are already undergoing. the city of venice, the city of london, many great european cities are already making certain kinds of short-term fixes. long term we have to think about renewable energy sources and, perhaps, driving down the cost. >> is it my impression -- i have this impression, you correct me or not, that you have changed your mind with respect to global warming? >> that's right. i used to be a skeptic. >> that's surprising. >> come on.
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>> the earth is so big. we are so small. but then you look at the indicators, the fact that all the glaciers are receding. we have whacky weather. we have 100-year storms that are now the, quote, new norm. and we have to realize the trends are all in one direction. all trends are in the direction of the heating of the earth. the energizing of the atmosphere, which provides energy of hurricanes. >> what percentage of respected scientists believe, as you do now, what's the percentage of scientific opinion about what you just said? >> i think it's near unanimous. have you to hunt for any kind of skeptic. most of the skeptics, just like myself, have changed their opinion. now realize it's a real tangible effect. we are completing the dots, even though there's no a-ha moment where you can say this storm is caused by imploebl warming. >> thank you, professor. nice to see you. when we come back, mitchell
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modell. his company took in more than $600 million last year. guess what? he shaved his head, got on a forklift to see how to make his sporting goods chain even better. we'll meet
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>> we don't carry high-end sneakers and we get asked for them three times a week. we called the call sister, we don't get them. >> does that happen often? how's business here? >> something about the guy -- >> do you have the sizes generally? >> don't have it all. >> can't go from here to here? >> has to go to the distribution in the bronx first. >> does that happen often? >> ceo mitchell modell goes incognito inside his own company on tonight's season premiere of
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"undercover boss." >> he runs modell's, oldest family owned sporting goods retailer. how are you? >> how are you? >> you were such a great "undercover boss." when i heard you were doing it, i thought, how would they disguise you? you have a very distinct look and very distinct voice. did you think, they would recognize you right away? >> that was my biggest concern. i thought the only way they have a possibility of not capturing me is shaving my head completely bald. >> or your son said, dad, you could get skinnier. that came from your own son. i thought it must have been a life-changing week for you because you have employees saying management doesn't care, they don't pay enough, they don't understand what we do. how did that affect you, hearing what your employees had to say? >> it was life-changing. we call them associates, we don't call them employees. when you work with your associates on the front line, you find out things in your wildest imagination you never find out about. it was life-changing for me. >> how son?
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>> well, we changed a lot of processes in our company. you know, the way we even look at our associates. we never had a formalized training in terms of, you know, recognizing top performers. when you looked at some of those associates, how dedicated and caring they. and how talented they were, it showed great opportunities. >> why did it take this for you to discover that? >> that's why i said, i failed miserably. as a ceo you look at things at 30,000 feet where at the end of the day it's all about people. you know, we always say associates are number one. if anything, this really te testifi testifies, that our dna is all about our associates. >> i got the impression you even felt embarrassed and badly about how the company is run when you get down to the nitty gritty. why do youically them associates instead of employees? >> i don't like the word employees. we're associated with each other. we don't believe in chain of command, it's mitchell, not mr. modell.
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>> how do you make sure the things that were life-changing for you have sustainability, that they will continue? >> for example, in our distribution center, i still have direct contact with kirk, the truck driver, and chris, you know, the shipping clerk. we get reports on a monthly basis to find out, what are the problems, the obstacles and frustrations. we ask them to list the solutions. as a team with my c.o.o. and vp of distribution, we to want make sure we do the right thing for our associates. >> what's the impact of hurricane sandy on your business? >> it was a disaster. as of now 22 stores are closed. we lost two stores. but thank god all our associates are safe. that's all we're concerned about. a lot of people still don't have electricity. but thank god everyone is -- >> how long will you be back to normal n your judgment? >> we're hoping in a week we'll be up and running. >> so employees can get to the store -- your associates? >> it's associates, charlie. >> yeah. we're running vans from the
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boroughs to move people in to make sure they have a place to work. >> we know you're a die-hard new yorker, certainly support all the new york sports teams. what are your thoughts about the marathon running on sunday, good thing, bad thing? >> you know what, i see all the politicking going on out there. listen, i believe in the mayor. i think the mayor makes great decisions. i believe in the police commissioner. i guess they see it as a major platform internationally to see that new york is back, but at the same time i feel -- you feel such a pain for these families, you know, that lost some of their family members and lost their homes. it's heartbreaking. it's really a tough decision. >> i have to say, i was so touched by -- after i watched the episode, i said, i feel like crying because you could really feel your humanity with the employees that you interacted with. how did that change you? i'm curious about how it changed you. >> any time i look at an associate, i look at them in a completely different manner.
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before i'd walk into a store, i might wave to an associate. now i go up and say, hello, how you doing? you know, got me a lot closer to them. i spend a lot of time in the stores but this definitely taught me a lesson, instead of a wave, just -- even just smile and say hello and acknowledge them. >> at one point you said, the betts thing for me, i'm waddelling around like a walrus, i'm making a declaration, i'm going to change my weight, xhang my life. how is that going? >> i didn't think it was going to air to early so you have to give me a couple more months. my wife is on my case, god bless her. >> thank you. you can watch season premiere of "undercover boss" tonight at 8/7:00 central here on cbs. it's been a difficult week for superstorm sandy victims. we've seen remarkable breyry and kindness in response to the devastation. we'll share a few of those stories when "cbs this morning" continue.
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here's a very graphic example of never underestimate the force of mother nature up. see the foundation of a home in union city, new jersey. the camera pans over. this is where the house ended up. after hurricane sandy. wow. trouble and tragedy, as you know, can certainly bring a community together. we've seen many moving examples of that this week. michelle miller has some examples of not so random acts of kindness. >> reporter: tans knee yan born berita was back on kitchen duty. she reigned alone as top chef. you were the only one cooking? >> yes. >> reporter: how many people did you cook for?
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9400. >> reporter: the covenant house resident whipped up 1200 meals a day for two days straight. but she was far from the only one who went beyond the call of duty. >> i was a little bit afraid because i thought the water was actually going to come here, into our building. >> reporter: on a chaotic night, lisa denslow was charged with keeping it together for 30 0 deans, young mothers and their infants. by late tuesday she and a few 72 hours without a than don't you have families? don't you have responsibilities? >> i do but my family understands. >> reporter: already filled to capacity, and with even more homeless teens seeking shelter from the storm, volunteers answered the call. >> the nature of this organization, people do it as a labor of love. >> reporter: that feeling is contagious. all across the region. in new jersey where 1.6 million people remain in the dark, strangers offered strangers a free charge. in manhattan, a doctor provided
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free medical care. and at least one restaurant fed the hungry. on this night for free. for berita who says at 14 her uncle kept her a virtual slave following the death of her mother, there was never a doubt about what she needed to do for her friends. is this a family to you? >> i feel like it's my family. >> reporter: a family that weathered the storm together. for "cbs this morning," michelle miller, new york. >> i never, charlie, get tired of hearing those kind of stories because it shows over and over again that we are more alike than we are different. when it gets down to it, people really want to help and are basically good. >> they do it without needing attention. they do it because that's what they do. >> no strings attached. >> norah, come back. we miss you. >> thanks to michelle miller, who's brought us many stories of the heroes of this storm. she's done a wonderful job reporting this week. >> she really has. >> that does it for us. let's take a look back at the
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week that was. an incredible week. have a great weekend. sweel you on monday. >> 7 p.m. today -- >> i think all of our mothers taught us, if we could avoid it, don't be stupid. go to higher, safer ground. >> 50 million people could be affected by this storm's path. >> stay there during the storm. if you're not, get somewhere safe. >> you're watching hurricane sandy along the northeast coast. >> we have seen the rain and wind pick up significantly here in atlantic city. >> behind me, about 20 feet of beach has been swallowed up by high tide. >> in ocean city, maryland, high tide is just an hour from now. >> nation's largest transit system shut down last night. >> how many people have been moved? >> almost 400,000 people. >> the last time the market was closed was september 11th. >> is this storm strengthening? >> unfortunately, norah, it is. >> hey, guys! >> oh, my gosh. >> wow. >> that wave came roaring over. we'll get to higher ground and cover the story.
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>> the storm is blamed for 92 deaths in the united states. >> it's a major disaster in new jersey. we have 2.4 million households without power. >> waves as high as the boardwalk. >> not what we were expecting. >> vibrant coastal communities with beach fronts that look more like ship wrecks. >> it's the worst thing that happened since 9/11. >> not a single building on breezy point was left unscathed. >> we heard a boom then another boom. >> 670,000 people are without power in new york city and westchester county. >> policemen, firemen, trying to get about 200 people out. one was a 29-week-old premature baby, swaddled, gentry carried. >> this is what you get on the flipside of hurricane sandy. >> nearly 20,000 flight cancellations. >> floodwaters rushed into the brooklyn battery tunnel and
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inundated new jersey. >> as much as the water is going down, we're two levels worth of water before we get to the tracks? >> absolutely. >> drivers have been waiting for up to three hours to gas up. >> look at these lines of cars. >> the global wine shortage is predicted. bad news for charlie. and this morning -- >> my power knows no boundaries. >> new york has gone through terrible times. typical new yorkers to try to make a party out of it. >> mayor michael bloomberg says the race will go on. >> it's a great event for new york. >> okay, you ran in 1994. why haven't you run since then? >> that was at least 45 pounds ago. this is one of those things where they get in the back of the mayor's office and say, who are we? >> people are scared during this time. having a president on the ground makes all the sense in the world. >> i promise, you'll be okay. >> new jersey is a tough place. we'll dig out from under and we'll be back. >> we clean up, get back to normal and we go on. >> whole family lost everything, but we'll figure it out. we have to.
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we have nowhere else to go. >> if you're interested in helping relief efforts, here are some phone numbers to call.
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